ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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For all its splendor and effervescent hype-building, E3 2017 was underwhelming for one reason and one reason alone: 2018. While Microsoft, EA, Sony and Ubisoft all dazzled with spectacular products, too few of them were games that we could actually, you know, play this year. In fact some of the shows — looking at you Bethesda — were so devoid of actual games that we wondered why it was necessary for them to go on for as long as they did!

With that said, there were a few diamonds in the rough; a few games that promised to arrive in the year they were shown off in (Nintendo rocked with this one). We thought we'd compile a list of said games in order to keep you up to date on what you can expect for the rest of the gaming year. Promises for 2018 are fine and all , but it's June! You know how many gaming months are left in 2017?!

All Of The E3 2017 Games You Can Play This Year

Below you'll find all of the games we can enjoy in 2017 and they'll be broken down by platform to help you jump to the relevant section. I'll include a few indies along with the AAA hits too.

Note: I'm only including games with confirmed release dates. Vague time of the year arrivals won't be included.

By the way, which platform were you most excited for following E3? Who won in your eyes out of the big three?


Which of the big 3 won E3 2017 for you?

Microsoft Exclusives - Xbox One & Xbox One X

The Xbox One X [Credit: Microsoft]
The Xbox One X [Credit: Microsoft]

Crackdown 3

  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release Date: 7 November, 2017

Microsoft's biggest exclusive of the year actually looks... pretty damn good! should hopefully avoid all of the mistakes of its predecessor and enjoy some attention reminiscent of the first game. We'd really like to have a good exclusive this year. God love them, the really needs it. Is Crackdown 3 that game? We'll see in November!


  • Developer: Fullbright
  • Publisher: Fullbright
  • Release Date: 2 August, 2017

This exploration adventure will take players to a beautiful, scifi future. It feels like Gone Home in a BioShock world. It should hopefully be one of the best reasons to have an Xbox One in 2017 — we can't wait to check it out!

Forza Motorsport 7

  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release Date: 3 October, 2017

With over 700 cars and more than 200 different configurations to race on across 30 locations, Forza Motorsport 7 is going to be an impressive installment in this prolific, long-running franchise. The new system will also be able to run the game at 4K resolution with 60FPS to boot. What more could we possibly want for a racing game as beautiful as this?


  • Developer: StudioMDHR Entertainment
  • Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment
  • Release Date: 29 September, 2017

With development having started in 2010, Cuphead has been a very, very, very, very long time coming. Microsoft has been showing off this exclusive game on E3 stages for three years now. The wait may have killed some of the hype for this '20s-cartoon-inspired run and gun platform game, but we're still delighted that it'll be releasing soon. Will you be picking up ?

That's it for the big, green M.

Sony Exclusives - PS4 & PS4 Pro

[Credit: Sony]
[Credit: Sony]

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

  • Developer: Vicarious Visions
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment/Activision
  • Release Date: 30 June, 2017

Crash is back, and boy is he looking pretty! And though the game is due in a matter of weeks, E3 2017 managed to reveal a surprise for the collection — a new playable character! Coco Bandicoot can replace the titular Crash in all of the N. Sane Trilogy's three games, if your heart desires. A nice touch, Sony.


  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Release Date: 25 July, 2017

From the creators of Transistor and Bastion, comes a bizarre action RPG by the name of Pyre. Described by the creators as a mix of DOTA, Rocket League and Transistor, Pyre most certainly has our attention. Supergiant Games has made some of the best indie titles in recent years, let's hope their trend continues!

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Release Date: 8 August, 2017

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the upcoming action game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a AAA title. It looks absolutely stunning. But Hellblade is acutally an indie game, though the developer prefers the title "independent AAA." With a mixture of Celtic and Norse mythology supporting its brutal combat, this is one to watch out for.


  • Developer: Sloclap
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Release Date: 29 August, 2017

This MMO fighting game looks unreal. Probably because it's powered by Unreal Engine 4 — but anyway. A collection of old Ubisoft developers have gathered together to create an open world fighting game that features rich, dynamic combat systems. The character's fighting moves are customized in a "combat deck" of cards, with each card assigned to a move. It looks really, really cool.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Date: 22 August, 2017

This standalone adventure, which precedes the marvelous Uncharted 4, will follow Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross on an adventure across the globe to uncover a fabled ancient Indian artifact. It's an game, so you can expect plenty of kickass action, expert motion capturing and tons of hilarious quips. And, seeing as it's Naughty Dog we're talking about here, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy could be one of the best adventures of the year.

Yakuza Kiwami

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: 29 August, 2017

Following the success of Yakuza 0 earlier this year — which is an exceptional game that I highly recommend — Sega will be releasing their remake of the first Yakuza game worldwide in August of 2017. We're so damned excited to kick some Yakuza ass.

Knack 2

  • Developer: SIE Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Release Date: 5 September, 2017

Knack is getting a sequel! Who knew?! It'll have tons of action and platformy stuff. Does anyone really care? I'm not so sure...

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

  • Developer: Level 5
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release Date: 10 November, 2017

The sequel to one of the greatest JRPGs of all time (yeah, I said it!) has finally got a release date. We'll be sitting down with Ni No Kuni 2 in the cold winter months, ogling its stunning visuals and falling in love with its adorable characters. I sincerely cannot wait to get lost for hours on end in this game - it looks so damn beautiful.

Nintendo Exclusives - 3DS & Switch

[Credit: Nintendo]
[Credit: Nintendo]

Metroid: Samus Returns

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: 15 September, 2017

One of TWO games revealed at E3 2017, Samus Returns is a confidant throwback to the glory days of Metroid, arriving for the 3DS in September. It looks absolutely spectacular. Thankfully they revealed it so close to its actual release date, 'cause I ain't gonna be able to wait for long.

Pokkén Tournament

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: The Pokémon Company
  • Release Date: 22 September, 2017

The well-received fighting game, Pokkén Tournament will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch in September. The game is a whole lot of fun and you can be sure that it'll be a welcome addition to the 's already eclectic roster. Is it the greatest first year for a new console ever? Could well be. Just look at this:

Splatoon 2

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: 21 July, 2017

Nintendo blew everyone away with Splatoon. Not only did the developer step into one of the most well established genres in gaming history for the first time ever, they claimed an award for it at the Game Awards! Now they're back with and it should become one of the main reasons why the Switch is a must-buy in 2017.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: 29 August, 2017

Ubisoft and Nintendo have decided to come together. But somehow they dodged Rayman and when straight for the weird-ass bunnies that surround him in his latest outings. While this seemed like a kind of kick in the face to Mario and Rayman fans... the game looks alright! It's basically another XCOM game. And anything like XCOM gets a thumbs up from me.

Super Mario Odyssey

  • Developer: Nintendo EPD
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release Date: 27 October, 2017

Game of show anyone? I'm dead serious. looks like the Mario game we've always dreamed of. With that crazy new, eyeballed hat of his, Mario will be jumping around some of the most beautiful locations the Italian plumber has ever been seen in — including a... realistic New York. Also was that a T-Rex in the game? Give me this immediately.

Games Across Platforms

And finally, here are all of the games shown off at E3 that you'll be able to play on Xbox One, PS4, PC or maybe even the Switch at the same time! I don't know who has that kind of money, but anyway.

  • Destiny 2: Due for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC (!!) on September 6, 2017. Let's hope it can top the original in every way possible.
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War: Sequel to the beloved Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War arrives on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 10, 2017.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Let's hope EA and DICE got it right this time. Battlefront II will arrive on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 17.
  • Call of Duty: World War II: Call of Duty is going back to its roots on November 3 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole: This filthy game should finally arrive on October 17 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Sonic Mania: Sega could be set to release the first great Sonic game in over a decade for the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on August 15.
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins: Assassin's Creed took a break, and we're happy for it — this game looks amazing. It'll arrive on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 27.
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus: October 27. Mark that day, people. 'Cause we're gonna get the chance to slay some Nazis on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • The Evil Within 2: We don't know much about this sequel other than the fact that it'll be arriving on Friday the 13th of October for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider: A standalone spin-off from the dark stealth adventure series, this'll be arriving on September 15 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm: A prequel to the beloved episodic original, you can dive back into this fantastical world on August 31 on the Xbox One, PS4 or PC.

Well, folks. That looks like it for the year of 2017! If I've left anything out that you feel deserves recognition, please let us know in the comments below. Oh, and tell us which game you're most excited for. I can't wait to play Mario Odyssey!


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